Nobody could blow that big, bad baritone sax like Nick Brignola.
An internationally acclaimed jazz star, baritone sax master Nick Brignola was born in Troy, and whenever he returned from a trans-Atlantic tour of European jazz fests, he always landed right back home in Nippertown.
Brignola passed away on February 8, 2002, but nearly a decade later, his music is still as vivid and powerful as ever.
At 7:30pm on Saturday, the Van Dyck in Schenectady – the site of many a magnificent performance by the great saxman – will host a special Tribute to Nick Brignola concert featuring the Van Dyck All Stars.
The band features a dream collection of some of Nippertown’s finest jazz musicians. Pianist Lee Shaw – a veteran jazz star in her own right – was a longtime friend of Brignola. Tenor sax man Brian Patneaude is one of the premier horn players of the area, performing with a wide-ranging variety of bands, including his own quartet. Drummer David Calarco, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia and bassist Otto Gardner are ace jazz musicians, as well as long-time Brignola bandmates.
The evening’s festivities will be emceed by Bill McCann, the host of WCDB-FM’s long-running “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz.”
A Tribute to Nick Brignola featuring the Van Dyck All Stars will take place at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday. Advance tix – available online or at the club – are $12; tix will be $15 at the door.